Mark Bonnington BSc BA PhD. Mark grew up in Surrey before studying Mathematics at Nottingham University. After two years teaching Maths up to ‘A’ level he took a two-year BA, gaining a First in Theology. He was awarded a British Academy grant to write a thesis on The Antioch Episode of Galatians 2.11-14 in Historical and Cultural Context with John Muddiman and Maurice Casey, becoming the first person from the British New Churches to be awarded a PhD in Theology. With his wife Ruth, he was involved in leading a local community church, he spent time as a ‘house spouse’ and then worked as a researcher for the Evangelical Alliance. Mark was Tutor in New Testament at Cranmer Hall from 1995-2006 where his teaching focussed on Pauline Theology, the Gospels and the Apocalypse. He taught New Testament at Leeds University for three years and Romans and Charismatic Theology at St John’s College, Nottingham. Mark currently teaches MA courses in Acts and Charismatic Theology and an Introduction to Free Church History and Ministry for the Free Church Track at Cranmer Hall.
Mark and Ruth have attended King’s Church Durham since 1995 and Mark started leading Kings in his ‘spare time’ at Easter 2001. Kings is linked to Ichthus Christian Fellowship in London, led by Roger and Faith Forster. It has grown into a missional church with strong community involvement and training programmes and with a large student ministry. For six years Mark was a trustee of UCCF – The Christian Unions, has run the Christian Leaders’ Forum in the North East, currently chairs the Regional inter-church body, North East Churches Acting Together, and represents the New and Independent Churches on the Church Leaders’ Group for the North East. Mark and Ruth have three grown up children. He inherited his love of Manchester United from his grandfather, still tries to find time for swimming and enjoys renovating houses.